Dizziness Overview

Dizziness or Loss of Balance

90 million Americans will experience dizziness or balance problems sometime in their lives. If you or a loved one experience difficulties caused by balance or dizziness, we recommend taking this simple and quick American Institute of Balance® Patient Self Quiz, which was created using common complaints and problems reported by patients.

Have you ever felt:

  • A feeling of motion, spinning, or falling when moving your head quickly or changing your position, e.g. getting in and out of bed?
  • Uncomfortable trying to get around in the dark?
  • Walking down grocery store aisles or through the mall is upsetting?
  • Your feet just won’t go where you want them?
  • A sense of unsteadiness?
  • A feeling you are not surefooted?
  • A fear of falling or stumbling?
  • Looking at moving objects such as escalators or looking out the side window of a car makes you queasy?
  • Difficulty keeping your balance as you walk on different surfaces, e.g. tile to carpet?
  • A feeling like you are drifting or being pulled to one side when walking?
  • No one really understands how frustrating all this is?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, we recommend scheduling a vestibular (inner ear) and equilibrium (balance) evaluation with a certified hearing care provider or audiologist.

Remember to choose a provider who uses consistent and verifiable methods to properly evaluate and diagnose balance conditions and clearly answers your questions about the type of balance or dizziness issues being experienced.